Frequently Asked Questions

What is Osteopathic Medicine and how can I learn more about it?

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) provides an excellent overview of Osteopathic Medicine. Please click here for more information. 

How do I obtain an application?

RowanSOM participates in the American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service, (AACOMAS). You must complete the AACOMAS application located on the AACOM website at   Applicants may apply to AACOMAS effective May 4th.  The deadline to submit your primary AACOMAS application is February 1 of the year of anticipated enrollment.

When and how do I receive the supplemental application?

When we receive your verified AACOMAS application you will receive a notification from the Office of Admissions informing you that it has been received with a link and login instructions to access the Secondary Application online. Deadline to submit the Secondary Application is February 15th, 2019.

How do I receive a fee waiver for my supplemental application?

Fee waivers are only granted to individuals who have been granted an AACOMAS Fee Waiver.  If you are granted an AACOMAS fee waiver AACOMAS will notify the Office of Admissions and your secondary application fee page will automatically be marked complete when you access the secondary application online. Deadline to submit the Secondary Application is February 15th, 2019.

What are the average GPA and MCAT score for students accepted to the 2016 Class?

Students accepted to the 2016 Entering Class had a cumulative GPA of 3.62, a science GPA of 3.58 and a score of 29 on the Old MCAT exam. Sixty (60) students admitted to the first year class took the MCAT 2015 and the average score was 503.42.

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?

RowanSOM does give some preference to NJ residents, but out of state applicants are encouraged to apply.  We accept competitive applicants from all over the country.

How many letters of recommendation do you require?*

A Premedical Advisory Committee recommendation is required. If the applicant’s undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate program does not have a pre-medical committee, we require two letters from science faculty who can attest to the applicant's qualifications for medical school. If you are unable to obtain the required letters of recommendation please contact the Office of Admissions. Letters from D.O. physicians are strongly recommended.

*Deadline to submit letters of recommendation is February 15th, 2019.

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?*

You may submit your letters of recommendation via AACOMAS, Virtual Eval (VE), or Interfolio.  When submitting letters of recommendation please be sure to include your AACOMAS ID to insure proper matching. If you find it necessary to mail letters of recommendation please forward to the following address below:

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
113 East Laurel Road
P.O. Box 1011
Stratford, NJ 08084

*Deadline to submit letters of recommendation is March 15th, 2018.

Will I be notified once my file is complete?

Once your file is complete, a notification e-mail will be sent to you by the Office of Admissions. Your application file will then be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review. If the Admissions Committee decides to grant an interview, you will be notified immediately.

Please note that a file is considered "complete" once the minimum application requirements have been received. It is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure that any additional materials submitted are received by the admissions office.

Will you accept the January MCAT?

Yes, we will accept the January MCAT.

What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept?

MCAT scores are good for a period of five years. For instance, January 2013 is the oldest MCAT accepted for entry into the 2018 first year class.

Is there financial aid available to medical students?

All students enrolled in the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine are eligible to apply for financial aid. In general, financial aid is awarded based upon enrollment and not need.   Financial aid is any loan, scholarship, and/or grant that is awarded to assist in financing education.  Incoming students are encouraged to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with the Financial Aid Internal Application that is required of all Stratford Campus students applying for financial aid.  The completion of the FAFSA is a federal requirement that determines need and eligibility.  It is not a loan or scholarship application.

Financial Aid awarded at the Graduate/Professional School level is typically through the Department of Educations’ Title IV Programs.    The school also participates in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Title VII loan programs. 

Additional information can be located on the Stratford Campus Financial Aid Website at .  Students are strongly encouraged to read the Student Financial Aid Handbook at  for additional information including scholarship opportunities. 


What is the current tuition?

Tuition (2017-2018)
In State $39,156
Out-of-State $62,823

Out of state residents pay out of state tuition for all four years of medical school.

Can I visit the school or speak with an admissions staff member?

We encourage prospective students to visit our institution. Please see our Upcoming Events page for information about opportunities to visit our campus and learn more about our program. The Office of Admissions is available to assist you or provide an academic consultation if you desire. You can speak with a representative or schedule an appointment by contacting the Office of Admissions at (856) 566-7050 or email at

Can I defer my acceptance?

  1. Accepted students have no “Right” to a deferment.
  2. Only accepted applicants may request a deferment.
  3. Applicants may request a deferment for the following reasons:
    1. Illness
    2. Death of a family member
    3. Military requirements
    4. Other non-academic crisis that will seriously impact the applicant’s ability to succeed as a medical student
  4. Applicants requesting a deferment will be expected to provide documentation of the condition for which a deferment is requested. The documentation should be sent to the Assistant Dean for Admissions.
  5. The Assistant Dean for Admissions in consultation with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will make a decision regarding the deferment.
  6. The Applicant may appeal unfavorable decisions to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  7. No Deferments will be considered within two weeks of the registration date.
  8. A Deferment, when granted, is for one year only. Should an applicant need additional time, he/she would be required to reapply to the school.

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